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ClimateBiz News :: April 17, 2008

The Latest News on Climate Management
Ford Yields to Shareholder Pressure, Outlines Plan to Reduce GHG Emissions
Bowing to pressure from a bloc of shareholders, Ford has become the first automaker to detail its strategy to reduce its fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020.

Bush speech
ConocoPhillips will give away $300,000 for ideas that help fight climate change, improve energy efficiency or develop new energy sources, the company said Monday.

Climate Registry Develops Reporting Protocol
Just a few months shy of its first birthday, the Climate Registry released the methodology that will guide how its members will report greenhouse gas emissions.

Nevada Utility’s Coal Pursuit a Risk for Investors, Ratepayers: Report
A plan to build a new coal-fired power plant in Nevada will expose the shareholders of Sierra Pacific Resources to “significant financial and environment risks,” according to a financial advisory firm.

DHL to Cut Emissions by 30 Percent by 2020
By Andrew Charlesworth, BusinessGreen
Program includes vehicle and aircraft fleets replacement, buildings overhaul and staff training.

Carbon Disclosure Project, IBM Research Carbon Management Practices
By interviewing companies with a history of carbon measuring and reporting, IBM and the Carbon Disclosure Project hope to provide best practices and insight into carbon management tactics.

Marriott Pledges $2 Million to Protect Brazilian Rainforest
Marriott International has committed funds to preserve a 1.4 million acre rainforest in Brazil and has announced new and expanded environmental goals for its hotels and supply chain.

U.S. Senate Approves Extension of Renewable Energy Credits
The U.S. Senate voted to extend renewable energy tax credits that, if passed into law, would pump an estimated $6 billion into renewable projects over the next decade.

Free Carbon Permits for E.U. Utilities Could Yield Windfall Profits
The distribution of free carbon emissions permits to European Union utilities has the potential to yield the companies windfall profits worth billions over the next five years, according to a new report.


Features & Columns
Leading Thinking on Climate Issues
The Climate Tipping Point and Timeline … Accelerated
By Daniel M. Kammen
Although experts are still debating at what point we’re likely to see dramatic, rapid changes in global climate, the fact that the planet is able to absorb less carbon means the importance of concerted action is needed now.

Tools & Resources
Reports, Research and Tips You Can Use

A Day In A Low-Carbon Life
This report from IBM describes a day in the life of a fictional CEO preparing to face market analysts in 2012. It explores some possible challenges business leaders might face while doing business in the coming low-carbon economy.


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